Friday, March 16, 2018

Painting of her father's wheelbarrow

Eileen Mahowald:
When we bought my father's home and he later passed away we hauled at least 6 dumpsters away. He fixed things with motors and wheels and loved to garden too. Many of my sibling came to claim things and I was glad. I had long before painted a picture of his wheelbarrow by the shed. I had so many lovely images of my dad and the six peach pits he set in the ground on the sunny side of the house had 3 ft peach trees. Precious treasures ๐Ÿ’š I love that๐Ÿ˜Š

Here it is! drawn/painted 1990. At a later date he titled it, "Man's Treasure" the wheelbarrow is laying down.
The original comment was made in 2015 under something I wrote about my own packrat tendencies. Not about a wheelbarrow, but about my collecting, and angst. Now (this blog shows) I'm collecting images and information about wheelbarrows (and thereby about geography and history and art).

Friday, March 2, 2018

Ice, Rotterdam

Iceballs made by freezing water balloons.
Photo sent by my friend Tes, in Rotterdam, during a cold winter in The Netherlands.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

For a snowman?

"Collecting snow for an attempt to build a snowman..."—Cathy Koetsier, Norfolk, England

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

In the snow in East Sussex

Janine Davies has sent me many beautiful wheelbarrow photos, and today their red wheelbarrow looks great in the new snow!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hahn Arroyo tile, Albuquerque

In Albuquerque, there is tax-funded public art. We knew someone working on tile art—involving kids, teens, people in nursing homes—in a project that would be installed along the drainage of Hahn Arroyo in the Northeast Heights.

Details of the murals were created in pieces, and set together, then filled in between, cemented over with a method created by a company in El Paso (contracted to do the final pass), and that's their wheelbarrow. They take off the top layer of the cement after several hours, and polish up the tile.

At the time of that work, when I described it, I said that Will was paid to put water between fish. His job was much more wonderful, but he did do the arrangement and fill-in of the fish, bugs, and other creatures that had been created in mosaic with his help by people in the community.

This is from early morning, October 11, 2011.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Our wheelbarrow, our back yard

My back gates (one remote controlled for cars, and a wooden one for foot traffic), and the wheelbarrow, standing, viewed from behind an old Dodge pickup we don't have anymore. It had holds in the sides of the bed for 2x2 or steel pipe, so people could put a cattle rack, or staves (as there is one, there, to the left). And the broom is stuck in one of those holes right behind the cab. There was usually a pitchfork in the other behind-cab hole. It made the truck intimidating.

But here, it's being a frame for a (candid) wheelbarrow portrait.

The front of the house is 2905 Tahiti Ct. in Albuquerque, but the back gate looks out toward Juan Tabo (across a parking lot between Fastino's and Discount Tire).

Monday, February 5, 2018

Barrows, no wheels, North Korea

Real barrows. The one in the foreground seems solid. The one on the ground, more flimsy, perhaps. Not sure.

The photo is by a French journalist. (article here)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Inspirational recovery, California

Sierra and Canyon's Documentary page, where you can earn more about the project of teen siblings to create "a documentary about losing their home in the recent Thomas Fire, but more than that to inspire others to see the transformative experiences of loss and gain."

I noticed the wheelbarrow, in one of the photos. Other parts are more important and interesting, but the wheelbarrow earned it a spot here.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cartoons (for sale)

Wheelbarrow cartoons at

As they're for sale there, I will trade this meager advertisement for sharing one of the images, which shows the root "barrow" of the word "wheelbarrow":

Here is the website of the cartoonist, Boyko Boyanov

Another barrow (not wheelbarrow) in this blog: Barrow, no legs

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Political imagery

In art, wheelbarrows seem most often to symbolize domestic peace (leisurely lower gardening), or work.

This image is more about the money than the wheelbarrow, and the motif os a wheelbarrow full of money has been around at least since the early 20th century.

This little animated gif came up in a search for something else (as many fun and surprising things do), and was from 2005, on a Zionist website, in a complaint about The World Bank supporting Palestine. If you go to and search for "global world" you'll see it in context.


In Georgia, wheelbarrows have been involved (peripherally) in two gubernatorial elections. Lisa Land Cooper wrote about it on her blog. Here's a quote about the first one, and an image from the second one (1948):

"...I had run across a newspaper article dated August 25, 1910 where J.B. Cook, a merchant near Red Oak supported Hoke Smith for governor while his friend, Dr. J.B. Carmichael was just as enthusiastic over Brown. So, they decided the loser would push the winner from Atlanta to College Park in wheelbarrow."
—Lisa Land Cooper
June 27, 2017

Tuesday, January 2, 2018